ENG1001: Principles of Writing

Background Research

It is a good idea to ground yourself in your topic by getting a general overview. Reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias help you understand the context of your topic and give you a sense of the terms, people, institutions, and prominent events involved. These can all serve as important keywords to use when searching for books and articles.

Online

Credo Reference
Credo is a database made up of hundreds of encyclopedias and reference sources. It’s a great first stop to help you define and understand your topic.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
This database presents overviews of controversial topics and provides a wide range of articles, reports, audio and more detailing the various sides of each issue. Do a search on your topic and choose the results under the Reference tag.

Print

Bank, B. J., Delamont, S., & Marshall, C. (2007). Gender and education: An encyclopedia. Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers.
Ref LC213 .G425 2007

Callicott, J. B., & Frodeman, R. (2009). Encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA
Ref GE42 .E533 2009

Lerner, B. W., & Lerner, K. L. (2008). Climate change: In context. Farmington Hills, Mich: Gale, Cengage Learning.
Ref QC981.8.C5 C5114123 2008

Staples, W. G. (2007). Encyclopedia of privacy. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press
Ref JC596.2.U5 E53 2007

Svendsen, C., & Ebert, A. D. (2008). Encyclopedia of stem cell research. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.
Ref QH588.S83 E53 2008

Vaidya, A. K. (2006). Globalization: Encyclopedia of trade, labor, and politics. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO.
Ref HF1359 .G5854 2006

Find Articles

These are recommended databases to get you started searching for articles in specific subject areas. In each database you can limit your search by date.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context This database presents overviews of controversial topics and provides a wide range of articles, reports, audio and more detailing the various sides of each issue.
  • National Newspapers Premier Searches full text newspapers from across the country.
  • ProQuest Research Library This is a good all-purpose database with many full text articles from scholarly journals as well as magazines and newspapers. It covers a wide range of subjects.

If you want to expand your search, you can browse all of our available databases by subject.

Books in the Main Stacks

The main stacks (or “Oakdale Circulating”) contain the bulk of the books that you can check out. Search your topic by keyword in the library catalog to find books. Search phrases in quotes (“climate change”). Keep in mind any alternative ways of describing your topic.

Last updated November 02, 2015, at 11:08 AM by Chris